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As a nationally-accredited program, the Social Work Doctoral program produces highly qualified social work researchers and educators. The aim of developing such advanced scholarly and research skills is to equip doctoral students for future roles as leaders in the social work profession.
Courses: Required core courses include Theory, History and Philosophy: Values, Ethics and Professional Beliefs; Research Foundations: Epistemology and Professional Knowledge-Building; Research Methods I: Quantitative; Research Methods II: Qualitative and Integrative Research Colloquia. Students must also complete 4 elective courses relevant to the student's area of specialization and research focus.
Research Proposal: Students must have their dissertation proposal approved by their supervisory committee prior to Candidacy Examination and applying for ethics certification.
Candidacy: The Candidacy Examination includes a written and oral component, both of which must be completed to the satisfaction of the examining committee.
Dissertation: Students conduct original research and prepare a written dissertation which is evaluated and is orally defended before an examination committee.
Post-secondary academia, government, research, hospitals/community health centers, mental health clinics, schools, non-profit/advocacy groups, social service/child welfare/family service agencies, employee assistance programs, private counselling, consultation.
A PhD in social work is usually considered a final degree.
Students are required to prepare a dissertation and successfully defend in an open oral defense.
Four years full-time; six years maximum
A supervisor is required; potential supervisors must be listed when applying to the program
A minimum of 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 point system, calculated on the Master of Social Work or equivalent Master’s degree.
A Master of Social Work or equivalent Master’s degree from a recognized institution.
A sample of written work such as a published or unpublished scholarly paper, or a professional report.
Applicants should have substantial professional experience.
Three; two professional and one academic
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
For admission on September 1:
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